CRIME
08/11/2014 03:47 pm ET Updated Oct 12, 2014

Multiple Life Sentences For Man Who Bludgeoned Toddler, Three Others

Nicholas Sheley, convicted of murder in May 2014 for fatally beating three adults and a 2-year-old with a hammer in a northwe
Nicholas Sheley, convicted of murder in May 2014 for fatally beating three adults and a 2-year-old with a hammer in a northwest Illinois apartment, is escorted into the Whiteside County courtroom, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, for sentencing in the June 2008 killings. Sheley was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences. The killings were part of a series of eight murders authorities say Sheley committed in the summer of 2008, stretching from his hometown of Sterling, Illinois, south to St. Louis. He next faces trial in Missouri, where prosecutors can pursue the death penalty in the deaths of Jill and Tom Estes, a Sherwood, Arkansas, couple who were traveling in that state. (AP Photo/The Telegraph, Alex T. Paschal, Pool)

CHICAGO, Aug 11 (Reuters) - An Illinois man received four life sentences for bludgeoning to death four people including a toddler during a weeklong, two-state crime spree in 2008, the state attorney general said on Monday.

Rock Island County Judge Jeffrey O'Connor handed down the sentences for Nicholas Sheley, who was convicted in May of beating to death Kilynna Blake, 20, her 2-year-old son Dayan, Brock Branson, 29, and Kenneth Ulve, 25, in an apartment in Rock Falls, Illinois.

Authorities said Sheley chose his victims at random and bludgeoned or hacked them to death.

He is already serving life sentences for killing Ronald Randall, 65, of Galesburg and Russell Reed, 93, of Sterling, Illinois.

He faces trial in two other killings during the spree, in Missouri. (Reporting by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Jim Loney)

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